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On their way to a family dinner, three sisters are divided at a crossroads. From Nigeria in the 1700s through Brazil, Cuba and the USA to London in 2013, the sisters survive by their spirits - spirits of courage, mischief and incredible resilience. This epic production is a vibrant exploration of the magnificent Yoruba culture.
Michael Coveney - 4 February 2013
Something's gone horribly wrong here between the idea of an inspirational Royal Court and Young Vic co-production project involving five young playwrights (American, British, Brazilian, Cuban and Nigerian) on a journey of Yoruba culture, and its execution.
Rufus Norris' production looks good in parts, and has some entertainingly vaudevillian effects of magic screens, dissolving landscapes (the designer is Katrina Lindsay), pelvic-thrusting and bottom-jutting dances (choreography by George Céspedas) and great costumes, with spectacular straw head-pieces.
But the show is almost impossible to follow as - and I may as well crib from the show’s publicity - "on their way to a family dinner, three sisters are divided at a crossroads."
It sounds so simple, but the writing lacks both strength and subtlety beyond reiterating, almost ad nauseam, that you have to be true to yourself, to your roots and ...
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Rotimi Babatunde (Author)
Marcos Barbosa (Author)
Tanya Barfield (Author)
Gbolahan Obisesan (Author)
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Royal Court (Producer)
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Paul Arditti (Sound)
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